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A Scooter In The Wild

Just a blog about my scooter adventures.

Scooter accessories…

Need something to dress up your scooter or add to the practicality of it? Want to buy quality handmade items from a small business? I have the perfect thing for you.

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Seriously, how could you go wrong with customizable handmade scooter stuff made by scooter people? They test everything relentlessly, and I haven’t seen a product from them yet that wasn’t fantastic.

Did I mention they can customize too? Or that they also make seat covers and wheel covers?

I know I am rambling a bit, but once you deal with them, you’ll understand why I am so enthusiastic about the things they make. Suzy and Rafa are great to deal with, and have many years experience making things that will survive even the harshest conditions (me and the stupid things I do).

Check the site out, I promise you’ll love whatever you buy.

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Acquired another Stella…

This little beauty had been sitting for a few years. It’s a 2003 with around 8000 miles. It has an aftermarket pipe and a couple other little upgrades.

It hasn’t run in a few years, so it needed some work. I spent all day getting it running, and after a few issues and a lot of stumbling, it’s running.

I am by no means mechanically inclined, but I have some great friends and a fantastic scooter shop to fall back on, so no worries.

Basically everything that touched fuel was clogged and needed cleaned. With the aid of K100 fuel treatment, some siphon hose, carb cleaner, and basic hand tools I was able to get it going.

It will need some tuning and a CHT gauge, cables, maybe tires, a battery, possibly some wiring but all in all it’s a sweet machine.

Day out scooting with the boy…

Took the sidecar out because the kid asked to go for a ride. I decided to add some historical spots to it. We live near Book’s Indian Mound ( a Native American burial mound and monument opened in 1902) and a restored covered bridge from the same year.

On the way back, we stopped to talk to some longhorn cows.

They watched us for a while and then walked near us after about ten minutes to see what we were.

All in all, it was a pretty good ride. Father/Son time at it’s best.

Buzz in the Valley 7

Great weekend. Beat the Stella as hard as I’ve ever run it for 3 days and it survived.

Caught a few sprinkles but no heavy rain, and the temps varied from cold to hot.

The ride out was great (for me, not for the other sidecar that blew a tire and the other shifty scooter that ate a throttle cable).

Somewhere along the line I sieved the front brake pad, and the orange Stella lost critical brake components. I lost the marker light off the sidecar too.

All in all it was a good day.

Saturday was great too. The ride was a little rough with the sidecar, but we managed.

The ride home was interesting. Got horribly lost, things broke, no one got hurt. Perfect. placeholder://

As always, flood city scooter club did a fantastic job. Can’t wait for next year. And not just cause I destroyed at the raffle.

I will add more to this post as I collect pics from other riders.

Stella Sidecar Lighting

I finally added a light to the front of the sidecar on the Stella. It was badly needed. The headlight was barely bright enough to run the Stella after dark, much less this setup.

I ran wires to the battery (along the frame and skirted the exhaust – I added heat reflective aluminum tape to help keep the wires safe) and connected a waterproof switch.

I think I have about $30 in the light setup. It’s just an 18 watt LED cargo light , and it came with a second one in the box, so if it breaks- I will be back up and running in no time.

I also replaced the stock taillight bulbs with LED’s.

Massive difference in brake light visibility for $10 and 15 mins of work (if you count walking time to the mailbox).

I even threw on an old legshield on the sidecar so the passenger has a mirror too.

The Stella is ready to make the trip to Buzz in the Valley 7. Can’t wait.

Hope to see you there!

Getting the Stella ready for Buzz

Buzz in the Valley scooter rally is in two weeks. I’m taking the Stella sidecar rig out, so I started prepping it for three days of abuse. Gear oil change, brake pads on the front, check all the bolts, new LED tail light bulbs etc…

Tail light was easy. New bulbs are Bright. Brakes were the same, remove front tire, pop out a cover, then two bolts, a spring guide, drop pads out, new ones in. Re-assemble. Half hour, no sweat. Then I put the front tire back on, dropped it off the jack to pump the brake up- and heard a little pop and hissing. I though something must have gone wrong with a brake line, but no, I blew a front tube. Sitting in the garage. That is pretty strange, but at least it happened somewhere convenient.

Next weekend I’m going to get a new tube put in, and wire in a work light to use as a sidecar headlight.

Took the Dr350 to play in some dirt today…

Got the Dr350 out to play in some dirt today. It is fantastic on an logging trail in the mud. I had a blast.

The suspension works great and the hearing is spot on.

I would have taken more pics but I was having too much fun to stop. Oh well, I’ll go back later and get some more.

Dr350 day in the shop…

Took the dr350 to the shop today. They threw a new rear tire on, cleaned and repaired the carb (it was full of goop and mud and missing little parts), changed the oil (Spectro synthetic because good oil really does matter), changed the rear brake fluid, fixed the kickstand safety switch (it wasn’t working right and bit a chunk of my finger off while trying to get it repositioned so I could start the bike- more on that later), figured out what was wrong with the air box, adjusted the rear suspension and did a general check of the bike’s functionality and safety. Worth every penny- it runs 90% of perfect (I need some air box parts yet- it’s sucking a little too much air and can’t be tuned better till it has all it’s bits in all it’s places). It rides great, and tread on tires is a bonus. They even went for a ride with me to make sure everything was working right. Ice cream might have happened too. And a little bit of off road testing. It’s really hard to beat the mom and pop shop type service.

The bike earned a name today too. Bitey. Because it tried to eat my finger. I also had an idea for paint.

Porsche/90’s Japanese dirt bike. Basically the same thing right? At least it won’t get lost in the woods very easily. That’ll be a winter type project.

Snagged a Suzuki Dr350…

Snagged this little beasty last weekend.

It needs a little work, but it already has the Acerbis tank and rear rack and bigger foot pegs, so it’s a trade off.

It’s the pure 90’s pink and purple decal Dr350.

It survived a gut wrenching 150 mile ride home on the second sketchiest tire I’ve ever ridden on, with at least one jet clogged in the carb.

It fits me pretty well, but the suspension needs to be dialed in for fat guy specs, and a wider seat and taller bars are in its future, but for the most part I’m pretty happy with it.

After tearing up the Roughhouse this summer on a dirt road, I’ve been itching to get something more durable to play around with for next years 50cc ride. This should be able to take the abuse.

The best part/ worst part is that it’s kickstart only. No electric start. Sure it has less parts to break, but kickstarting a hot motor at a redlight sucks bad. Oh well, run what you brung right?

I have an appointment Saturday to get a new 50/50 dual sport rear tire, and to have Carlisle Cycle go over the carb and cables and give it a once over to make sure it won’t try to kill me. It’s great to have people I can trust to work on bikes and scooters. It’s not like a car where you can have catastrophic failures and it’s just inconvenient.

Anyways… I’ll post more about it as it happens. Happy riding! Hope to see you out there.

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